Scratch-and-win scammer firm refuses to pay up

Scratch-and-win scammer firm refuses to pay up

A couple in their 70s won an award against a scratch-and-win firm but it did nothing to help them get back their nearly RM100,000 (S$36,431).

Oriental Daily reported that the representative from the company had been dodging the couple whenever they showed up at its office in Senawang with the Consumer Claims Tribunal award.

The couple had been saving the sum for 17 years before losing it to the scammer.

The tribunal ordered the company on March 22 to pay RM98,000 in compensation.

The 78-year-old husband, Lai Yu Ching from Taman South-East Asia in Seremban, said he went to the company's headquarters in Senawang many times with the tribunal order but was told that the person in charge was unavailable.

He also took his wife Teh Ah Kim, 71, to the company hoping to get back the money, but they were turned away each time.

The couple had also sought help from the police but their efforts were futile.

Even Mambau assemblyman Yap Yew Weng was rebuffed when he managed to call an executive at the company.

He said if the company was reluctant to pay up, the owner could be sued in court.

> China Press reported that a father from Tainan, Taiwan, had placed advertisements in local newspapers in his search for a wife for his son.

The man said his son graduated from university and works as a doctor; he is 178cm tall, 38 this year and still does not have a girlfriend.

The father noted that his family hoped for a candidate from a "compatible family", and stressed that she must be proficient in English.

Many people have been calling the man, saying they wanted to introduce him to "suitable candidates".

Found in translation is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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